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"Through the Looking Glass" - 4th Amendment Privacy in California

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No Need to Pull the Curtains
State Justices Apply Privacy Rule to Searches
Los Angeles Times

A person has a reasonable expectation of privacy in his home, even while bagging cocaine in front of an open side-yard window, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday. In a 4-3 ruling, the court said police violated a drug defendant's rights by walking into an open side yard late at night and observing the resident through his bedroom window as he placed white powder in bags. The 4th Amendment to the Constitution forbids unreasonable searches by police.
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Read the opinion (People v. Camacho) at:
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GOOD TO KNOW LIABLE! YOU MEAN I DON'T HAVE TO FLUSH TO HIDE ANYMORE????? Kiddin'! My law school loans have quite gotten me to that point yet!

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